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Find a Book in the HELM Catalog

Book Search


Find books from STCC & partner HELM libraries.

How to Use the Catalog

Use the catalog to find items in this and other HELM libraries. You can search our catalog

  • by an AUTHOR, putting in the last name first;
  • by the TITLE of an item;
  • by the assigned SUBJECT of an item, if you know it,  or
  • by KEYWORD. Keywords are essential words that you want to see in an item, for example, "business ethics." Try to think of alternative ways to get at your subject, for example, using "whistleblower," or "white collar crime" as alternative keywords.

SEARCH EXAMPLE: Your research topic is genetically modified food. Use the catalog to find books, encyclopedias, possibly a movie, on genetically modified food.

Start: try a key word search -- "genetically modified food." Remember: vary your search terms! For example, the concept of genetically modified food can also be expressed as genetic engineering, genetically engineered food, plant genetic engineering. Play with your searches - you do not get charged per search!

If you don't find what you need or want, your catalog can be expanded to search other community college libraries with whom we have borrowing privileges, by dropping down the box where STCC appears. This is a list of all the libraries that are members of HELM and that you can borrow from online.

You can search the collection of an individual library by clicking on that library, or scroll to the top and click on All HELM Libraries. If you find an item that you want to order, you can click on Place Hold, and log into your library account to request it.  

You will be asked WHERE you want your item delivered.

  • PLEASE make sure you have it delivered to STCC.
  • Click submit to have your request completed. You will get a call or email from the STCC Library when the item arrives here.
  • Delivery takes approximately 4 business days and costs you nothing. PLEASE LEAVE ENOUGH TIME TO GET MATERIAL THAT YOU NEED FROM OTHER LIBRARIES.

With your library account you can also renew items (as long as you do it before the item is due), as well as check what items you have out and when they are due.

If you haven't found what you need in the catalog, you can check at the reference desk for Interlibrary Loan assistance.

Citing Books in MLA format

Basic Format

The author’s name or a book with a single author's name appears in last name, first name format. The basic form for a book citation is:

Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.

Book with One Author

Gleick, James. Chaos: Making a New Science. New York: Penguin, 1987. Print.

Henley, Patricia. The Hummingbird House. Denver: MacMurray, 1999. Print.

Book with More Than One Author

The first given name appears in last name, first name format; subsequent author names appear in first name last name format.

Gillespie, Paula, and Neal Lerner. The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Peer Tutoring. Boston: Allyn, 2000. Print.